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May 27, 2003

2003 Ogden 20k Race

MAY 27--Special Agent Mark Simala of Weirton, West Virginia, recently ran the Ogden 20k charity classic, rated as the toughest road race in America. He finished one hour and 22 minutes later, averaging 6:40 per mile, passing 624 other runners, placing fifth in his age group. After the race, S/A Simala was photographed with American running icon Bill Rodgers, "the king of the road" and four-time winner of the Boston and New York Marathons. All monies received went into the fund for the West Virginia State Trooper R.J.

May 14, 2003

DEA's Regional Enforcement Team Portsmouth, Virginia Deployment

DEA's Regional Enforcement Team (RET), assisted the Portsmouth Police Department in a large-scale enforcement operation in 2002, which culminated in February 2003 with federal indictments and the arrest of fifty-two defendants on federal drug trafficking charges. A total of one hundred and seventeen arrests were made based on this RET initiative. Other participating agencies included the Chesapeake Police Department, Norfolk Police Department, United States Postal Inspector's Office, United States Attorney's Office and the City of Portsmouth States Attorney's Office.

April 10, 2003

Virginia Motorcycle Dealership Seized in Methamphetamine Bust

The Glen LILLY Drug Trafficking Organization is responsible for the distribution of multi-pounds of methamphetamine throughout the Bristol Virginia Area. The methamphetamine is sourced from Mexico, transported through Los Angeles and then transported to the Atlanta, Georgia area. The methamphetamine is then transported to the LILLY DEALERSHIP in Abingdon, Virginia. Proceeds from these sales are then transported back to the Los Angelos area using the same specially prepared load vehicles used to transport methamphetamine to the Los Angelos area.

April 1, 2003

Violent Drug Gang Indicted in Baltimore

The Baltimore District Office's HIDTA Group 54 concluded an investigation concentrating on an organization operating in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Baltimore City, areas designated in HIDTA's "Target Initiative." The investigation's successes will certainly have a positive impact in these target areas. Of course, such successes would not be possible without the "Target Initiative".

March 5, 2003

Publication Of Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking To Adjust Controlled Substances Registration And Reregistration Fees

The Drug Enforcement Adminstration (DEA) has submitted to the Federal Register for publication a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) entitled "Controlled Substances Registration and Reregistration Application Fees. The DEA is publishing this NPRM to propose adjusting the current fee schedule for DEA Controlled Substances Registration to adequately recover necessary costs associated with the Diversion Control Program(DCP). The DEA published its last fee revision in 1993. Fees have remained unchanged since that time as the DEA resolved litigation regarding these fees.

February 24, 2003

Defendants Found Guilty Of Rico Charges

Baltimore, Maryland -Thomas M. DiBiagio, United States Attorney for the District of' Maryland, announced that a Jury had returned guilty verdicts today against James Elmer Gross Sr., age 44, of Abingdon Maryland, James Elmer Gross Jr., age 26, of Baltimore, Maryland, Ronald Eddie, age 25, of Baltimore, Maryland, James Earl Feaster, age 44, of Baltimore Maryland, and James Donald Wilkes, age 34, of Baltimore, Maryland, in a federal racketeering case.

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